Reliance Electric's enhanced FlexPak 3000 digital dc drive offers increased capacity to 600 hp. Operating on three-phase ac input power, the FlexPak 3000 drive operates with regenerative and non-regenerative applications. Other new enhancements to the unit include a DeviceNet communications card and an I/O expansion card. The DeviceNet card allows a FlexPak 3000 to communicate over the open protocol DeviceNet network. The card mounts inside the FlexPak 3000 and includes terminals for network connections. It has the ability to modify parameters, plus operate and monitor the FlexPak 3000. Rockwell Automation, Reliance Electric. Product Code 4363 (P)
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.